Kevin De Bruyne has started the season on fire for Manchester City
Friday, September 22, 2017
Richard Dunne believes that Kevin De Bruyne being moved to a deeper, more central midfield role is a key reason for Manchester City’s scintillating form this season.
The Belgian was branded ‘a complete player’ by boss Pep Guardiola after City’s 5-0 whipping of Liverpool and was again instrumental in the 6-0 defeat of Watford at Vicarage Road.
Speaking to talkSPORT, ex-City skipper Dunne said: “He was shifted out wide at times last season and he much prefers that central role.
“He’s taking over from what Yaya Toure used to do. He’s someone who can carry the ball and turn defence into attack very quickly.”
City currently sit joint-top of the Premier League with rivals Manchester Untied, having scored 16 goals in five games.
Guardiola acquired the services of full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker in the summer transfer window, and Dunne thinks this has also had a big impact on the team’s attacking output.
“Mendy has settled fantastically well,” he added. “Him and Walker have added an extra dimension to City’s attacking play.”
City welcome a Palace side yet to score this season to the Etihad on Saturday, but Dunne warns that they displayed similar dominance at this stage last season before a run of poor results between October and December.
On City’s title chances, he says: “There’s obviously a long way to go and Mourinho will have a say.”